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Time for Christmas Cards

Sunday, December 13, 2020

THE FIRST CHRISTMAS CARD
The first American to print and sell Christmas cards was Louis Prang of Roxbury, Massachusetts, who began publishing cards in 1875. It was a British civil servant who pioneered commercially-produced Christmas cards. In 1843 Henry Cole saw that the postal service could help customers send their Christmas greetings. Making dozens or hundreds of your own personalized cards was very time-consuming. Why not make it easier? So he hired an artist named John Callcott Horsely, engaged a printer, and created the first Christmas cards.

President Dwight D. Eisenhower is given credit for sending the first “official” Christmas card from the White House. An art print also became the standard Christmas gift for the president’s staff, a practice continued to this day.

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  • LUCYCAN7
    Do you have yours ready,Barb?Not me emoticon Thanks
    for sharing!Have a Wonderful Wednesday! emoticon emoticon
    119 days ago
  • FUN2READ
    Thanks for sharing! Sent out tons of Christmas cards for over 30 years but stopped 3 years ago after the sudden passing of our 4 year old grandgirl. Just wasn't in the mood anymore.
    121 days ago
  • KOFFEENUT
    All these years of SENDING Christmas cards, and I never thought to wonder how we got STARTED with the tradition!
    121 days ago
  • BESSIEBELL
    Thank you for that bit of trivia
    121 days ago
  • no profile photo CD15653250
    On my plans tonight to have all the Christmas cards ready for the mailbox tomorrow. Merry Christmas 🎅 🎄
    121 days ago
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